G. Richard Huguenin of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, died on 22 November 2012.
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Dr. Huguenin, born in East Stroudsburg, PA on November 6, 1937, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1963. He was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows from 1960 to 1963. He held faculty positions at Harvard University from 1963 to 1968, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1968 to 1982. While at Harvard he also directed Harvardâs Space Radio Astronomy Program from 1963 until 1968, and at the University of Massachusetts he served as Chairman of the Physics and Astronomy Department, and was Founder and Director of the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory.
As a pioneer in the field of Millimeter Wavelength Radio Astronomy, Dr. Huguenin authored numerous professional and technical publications, and received several professional honors, including the Bart J Bok Prize, Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology, honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
In 1982, he left the academic community to found several corporations in the millimeter wave technology industry, including Millitech, Inc., Millivision, Inc., Millimetrix, LLC, and Millivision, LLC, where he served in senior executive management positions. An avid sailor, gardener, and lover of music, Dr. Huguenin retired in 2002, and moved from his residence in Marion, MA to Sedro-Woolley, WA.
Dr. Huguenin is survived by his brother, Robert and wife, Nancy; his cousin Nancy, and husband, Boyd; his wife, Ellen; and his son, Paul, and his fiance, April.
There will be a small private service in Stroudsburg, PA followed by internment at the Moravian Cemetery in Canadensis, PA on 18 December 2012.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Dec. 11, 2012